Negative Economic Impacts

Negative Economic Impacts

Boulder County Public Health Food Insecurity $130,178
The pandemic has resulted in greater food insecurity within Boulder County, and programs that serve “gap” populations who are not eligible for Federal programs or that supplement insufficient programs are seeing larger waitlists. To best facilitate an urgent response, BCPH will increase pass-through funding to BCPH’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) Gap Funding program to provide food benefits to additional families not served by other federal programs and are currently on the waitlist. This program enhances WIC fruit and vegetable benefits, offering a weekly home delivery and a farmer’s market model that provides reliable and consistent nutrition benefits. In a typical year, WIC families may only receive $8 per person per month for fresh produce. This program fills a nutrition gap not offered through the federal program or local programs. This funding will increase direct support to families to enhance food security, while supporting local farmers and agriculture and partners at the Boulder and Longmont Farmers Markets, as well as economic revitalization through multiplier effects and supporting healthy food consumption. Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM) will distribute $20 in healthy food incentives to Boulder County WIC families with a Longmont or BOCO sticker one time weekly via home delivery or at in-person farmers markets. BCFM staff will track eligible families for each home delivery or physical farmers market transaction.

Left Behind Workers Fund $300,000
The Left Behind Workers Fund (LBWF) provides financial support to workers that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are ineligible for unemployment insurance and other stimulus funds. The LBWF provides $1000 in direct cash assistance to workers who experienced loss of employment after February 2020, including complete job loss, current job loss of 20+ hours/week, or previous loss of 20+ hours/week for month or more, as well as those impacted by an unpaid leave of absence from work due to school or daycare closures, the need to care for family members, or the need to remain quarantined after possible COVID-19 exposure.

Eviction Representation $50,000
The City of Boulder’s “No Eviction w/o Representation Program” provides legal aid and representation to those who are facing eviction and cannot afford legal support. The City of Boulder program is funded by a landlord fee required through a newly passed ballot measure. Currently, similar services are not available throughout the rest of Boulder County except through grant-funded services when available. Due to COVID-19 and the end of the eviction moratorium, the number of people county-wide, but not in the City of Boulder, needing legal aid who are facing eviction continues to increase, and funds are needed to provide these services. Currently, the City of Boulder contracts with Bridge to Justice, and this agency has been taking on non-COB clients on an as needed basis. More funding is needed because Bridge to Justice was provided supplemental funds last year through Senate Bill 20B-002 in the amount of $25,793.53 that, to their knowledge, will not be available again this coming year. $50,000 is requested for the continuation of this programming for Boulder County (non-City of Boulder) clients through the end of FY 2022 to cover the previously received supplemental funding and continued programming for Boulder County-specific services. This past year, 31 of the 49 evictions were filed for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19-related hardship, and 27 successful outcomes were tracked. Services and information are provided in English and Spanish.

Employment Services, Workforce Boulder County $385,000
This request involves hiring five individuals to support the employment and re-employment needs of local residents. Workforce Boulder County will hire four “Employment Advisors” supported by one supervisor. The advisors will meet one on one with the public and provide triaging services, information and referrals, coaching, and connection to jobs. Two advisors will work from the St. Vrain Community HUB and two will work out of the Boulder office. This service will complement other services including the Virtual Call Center, Career Development Workshops, and the more intensive case management services (including training and retraining).

Workforce Boulder County Virtual Call Center $370,000
The Virtual Call Center (VCC) is regarded as a “hub” for anyone impacted by unemployment. VCC assists people who lost jobs due to the pandemic and related economic downturn, helping people in our community regain economic and employment stability for themselves and their families. People who lost their jobs due to the pandemic have experienced significant wait-times attempting to reach the State Unemployment Office, and WfBC’s VCC provides a place for people to reach resolution. The scope of work is answering calls, identifying the unique needs of each person, and determining the next best steps towards sustainable employment. VCC agents specialize in understanding the unemployment system, have a working knowledge of the career development process, stay abreast of the internal and external sources available to provide warm referrals, and strive to offer the best in public service. 

District Attorney’s Office Court Reporter Funding $130,000
The District Attorney’s Office continues to manage a backlog of criminal cases and jury trials that were not able to be resolved during the pandemic as in-person litigated hearings and jury trials were not being held. The backlog of jury trials and court cases is extensive and causing the trial docket to be over capacity and set many cases deep during any given trial week. The most serious offenders and the most serious criminal cases, such as sexual assault, crimes against children, and homicide, remain unresolved and must continue to proceed through litigated hearings and jury trials. Due to state budget cuts from the pandemic, the 20th Judicial District State Courts laid off their Court Reporters. Court Reporters are an essential part of the criminal justice process in each case in order to make an accurate record of all proceedings. Without a proper record for appeal, the information is assumed to be non-existent in the record and that can lead to the case being overturned and sent back down to the trial court for retrial by the District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, it is often very difficult to proceed to a jury trial for a second time and secure a similarly successful outcome twice based on the now unavailability of evidence or witnesses present in the first trial.

Boulder County Public Health Support for Childhood Health and Development $155,000
Pandemic-related closing of childcare centers and increased earning pressure on families has caused an increase in unlicensed childcare facilities, with around 50% of Latinx parents in Boulder County currently using such providers. BCPH will provide support to dozens of unlicensed providers through a bilingual/bicultural position based in the BCPH Child Health Promotion Program. This position will serve previously unserved Family-Friends-Neighbors Network providers to enhance child health outcomes and quality, adherence to public health guidelines, and reliable care for families returning to the workforce. This includes funding for childcare provider essential needs and equipment.

Additionally, children have experienced significantly increased stressors that impact their socio-emotional development. BCPH will leverage existing programs through the Nurse Family Partnership, WIC, Children with Special Needs, Genesis, Child Health Promotion, and other programs to address this need. ARPA funding will provide extended subscriptions to two key programs for one year, including: 1) Developmental screening services to identify children who need early intervention services through subscription to online ASQ-3 and ASQ SE-2 developmental and social emotional screenings in English and Spanish. 2) Extension of the LENA (Language Environment Analysis) program subscription to train parents in child development and subscription to the Passageworks and Circle of Security parent education programs to help parents navigate trauma children have experienced; these efforts are implemented in collaboration with partners including SVVSD, City of Longmont, Our Center, ECCBC, BVSD, and Boulder Library.

Support for a Successful Implementation of the Emergency Choice Vouchers $120,000
A full-time case manager specializing in Move On protocols will provide support to individuals experiencing homelessness.  This position will help connect individuals with vouchers and secure vacant apartments.  HUD has released Emergency Choice Vouchers to eligible Public Housing Authorities to address connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to housing. These one-time funds are an opportunity to positively impact unhoused individuals. By providing up to two months of market-rate rent to landlords who report a vacant unit, we can ensure individuals with vouchers can rapidly connect to a unit willing to receive it. This approach can also assist with individuals who have challenging backgrounds as these funds and approaches can be used as a tool to recruit new landlords.  

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